Pastor's Blog (& Vlog)

Services

Sunday - 9AM Adult Bible Study 10AM Worship Service

The latest at Pathways Community Church

Stay up to date with the happenings of Pathways Community Church by visiting our blog. You'll find information such as announcements, sermon notes and thoughts from our pastor to encourage and challenge your walk with the Lord.

thoughts from the trail

by: Steve Fawcett

12/01/2022

0

  All of us have stories we could tell about how someone at some time, hurt us; physically or emotionally, spiritually or financially; and some have been hurt in very serious ways.  In Matt. 5:43-48 Jesus gives us the stunning statement that as believers, we are to love even our enemies. We’re not to treat people the way our culture encourages us to do, which is to get even or hurt them back.

   Our enemy loves to come along and try to convince us to be bitter, upset and an

...
read more

thoughts from the trail

by: Steve Fawcett

11/10/2022

0

  In Matt. 5:38-42, Jesus teaches ‘do not resist the one who is evil’ and applies it to 4 basic human rights as seen in four common offenses back then.    He is teaching the principle of non-retaliation. If someone says something mean to you, you are not free to grab a knife and stab them in the back or even to verbally stab them in the back.  

   He is saying, all that personal retaliation, cut it out.  Notice, when someone else was being hurt, Jesus stepped in to stop it

...
read more

thoughts from the trail

by: Steve Fawcett

10/27/2022

0

    This may sound out of date but I want to recommend wholeheartedly that we seek to have a passion for honesty. Matt. 5:37   You probably already do, but let this then be a good reminder to always, just tell the truth.  There is something so refreshing to come across someone who says what they mean, with no attempts to spin it, no attempts to manipulate you or to try to make themselves look better than they really are such as by telling half-truths.

   Instead, we find di

...
read more

Thoughts from the trail

by: Steve Fawcett

09/22/2022

0

     While there can be many more, here are three applications from Jesus’ little letter to the church in Philadelphia, which was in W. Turkey.               Rev. 3:7-13 

    1. Remember that God loves to use insignificant people and little churches to accomplish great things for God.  We’re called to be faithful to God’s calling on us.

 2. Look for the open doors, don’t complain about that other doors that used to be open are now closed or closing.  Jesus opens and closes d

...
read more

thoughts from the trail

by: Steve Fawcett

09/08/2022

1

     Matt. 5:13-16    If we were to reduce to one word what these verses say about our function as believers, it could be the word: influence.  When we live according to those 8 beatitudes, we will influence the world in a good way.  When we seek to live out those 8 beautiful attitudes, we will be the salt of the earth and we will be lights in this world.

   What we do, how we live, what we say, influences the people around us, whether we like it or not, for better or for w

...
read more

thoughts from the trail

by: Steve Fawcett

08/25/2022

0

Matt. 5:7: “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.”   

    It is important to understand that this great concept of mercy is seen throughout the Bible, from the beginning to the end. Hosea 6:6a says: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’    God over and over has had mercy on people and nations whom repeatedly did not deserve it; yet He showed mercy and requires us to extend mercy to others.

   Think of what this world would be like if there was no mercy. Who c

...
read more

thoughts from the trail

by: Steve Fawcett

08/04/2022

0

   In the sermon on the mount, we see this radical idea of biblical humility.   How do we know if we’re humble?  

   1. Someone poor in spirit loses their self-preoccupation.  Like Paul said: ‘for me, to live is Christ, to die is gain.’  We become lost in the wonder of Christ, not in ourselves.   You could just ask a friend: ‘am I humble?’  and when they get done laughing, they’ll probably let you know that you still have a long way to go. 

   2. We won’t complain about our

...
read more

thoughts from the trail

by: Steve Fawcett

07/21/2022

0

  In Jesus’ sermon on the mount, Matt. 5-7,  we have the greatest, most revolutionary message ever given!  It is completely counter-cultural. It teaches values that are completely at odds with the way our world acts.  If followed, it would completely shatter our political correctness. It teaches ethics that goes light years beyond the wokeness of our day.  It encourages us not to live by lies. It encourages us to not let your life just be a performance but for it to be re

...
read more

thoughts from the trail

by: Steve Fawcett

07/07/2022

0

       One Sunday, as they drove home from church, little Susie turned to her mother and said, “Mommy, there’s something the preacher said this morning that I don’t understand.” “What’s that, honey?” “Well, he said that God is bigger than we are.   He said that God’s so big that He could hold the whole world in his hand.  Is that true?”

The mother replied, “Yes, honey, that’s true.”    “But mommy, he also said that God comes to live inside us when we trust Jesus to be our L

...
read more

thoughts from the trail

by: Steve Fawcett

06/16/2022

0

    Learn to observe.    Simple enough.   It’s like what Sherlock Holmes used to say: ‘Many see, few observe.’   Just seeing is passive, but observing, like Sherlock Holmes used to do, is more active.   In Mark 6, it says Jesus was about to pass them by but when the disciples saw Him, they didn’t recognize Him and thought He was a ghost, and they were terrified.  

   Learn to observe.  Sometimes God does some unique work and we don’t even see it.  Or God blesses us in some

...
read more

thoughts from the trail

by: Steve Fawcett

06/02/2022

0

 A man was working in his backyard one day, when his neighbor began talking to him over the fence.  He said, "Yeah, my wife and I went to one of those seminars yesterday, you know, where they teach you ways to improve your memory and such."   His neighbor commented, "Really. What was the name of the speaker?"     The man answered, "Ah, ah, what's the name of that flower that smells so good and has thorns?" "You mean a rose?"     "Yeah, that's it." He called over his should

...
read more

thoughts from the trail

by: Steve Fawcett

05/18/2022

0

   Here’s a good exercise for all of us to do: what would you say is the overall message of the Bible in one sentence?  Perhaps try to do that this week, come up in one sentence what is the main message of the Bible.

    Our literature as a people, down through the centuries, reveal that we love a good dragon slaying story.  Why is that?  It’s been said that we love these kinds of stories because they echo the greatest story, the grand story of the Bible, which is a true st

...
read more

thoughts from the trail

by: Steve Fawcett

05/05/2022

0

   I hope you all have a wonderful Mother's Day, honoring your mom or her memory. Motherhood is God's idea and it's a great idea!

   One biblical snapshot of a godly mother is Naomi, described in the book of Ruth. In this beautiful love story, Naomi expresses her trust and belief in the one, true God, even though she was living in a land that worshipped many idols.  Living in that land, she did not let herself be drawn away, she remained strong in character and she stayed t

...
read more

thoughts from the trail

by: Steve Fawcett

04/21/2022

0

  Not many people expected Jesus to show up that Sunday morning.  What a surprise that was!  What a shock it caused!  Everyone was surprised at how things were turning out.  

    The soldiers didn’t have an answer.  The Pharisees were caught trying to come up with a back-up plan that consisted of a huge lie.  The other religious leaders who thought they had killed and buried the One who had challenged their way of life were shocked when Sunday morning rolled around and the

...
read more

thoughts from the trail

by: Steve Fawcett

04/07/2022

0

   Two hunters got a pilot to fly them into the far north for elk hunting. They were quite successful in their venture and bagged six big bucks. The pilot came back, as arranged, to pick them up.  They started loading their gear into the plane, including the six elk. But the pilot objected and he said, "The plane can only take four of your elk; you will have to leave two behind." They argued with him; the year before they had shot six and the pilot then had allowed th

...
read more